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Imagine being mayor of Buffalo and having the chance to solve some of the city’s most challenging problems.That is exactly what a local essay-writing contest is asking Buffalo schoolchildren to do: Put themselves in the mayor’s shoes and explain how they would address violence in the community, the need for more jobs and the education of students in the Buffalo Public Scho…

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It’s not as high-profile as the Peace Bridge, but another long-envisioned transportation project has also been beset by delays and hard feelings.Talk for years has centered on building 2.6 miles of trail along a former railroad bed in a Y-shaped formation through North Buffalo and connecting to a planned trail in the Tonawandas.Now the city is leaning toward using the fede…

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Maybe it’s the fact that Buffalo voters have twice elected a black mayor. Or maybe it’s because they have twice helped elect a black president. Whatever the reason, the presence of two African-Americans and one Hispanic on this year’s mayoral ballot – and the absence of a white candidate – doesn’t impress many voters. While some said this first for Buffalo signals progress…

A man was robbed Saturday night by a suspect on a bike after leaving a store at 1351 Kensington Ave., according to Buffalo police reports. The victim told police he was leaving the store around 9:40 p.m. when a suspect approached and asked if he wanted to buy drugs. When the victim declined, the suspect demanded he hand over all his money. The victim handed over $360 and r…

A man walking down Hodge Avenue late Saturday was robbed of $80 by five or six men, according to Buffalo police reports.The victim was walking away from a gas station around 11:40 p.m. when he turned onto Ashland Avenue and the group of men surrounded him. One demanded money and emptied the victim’s wallet of the cash. All the suspects were dressed in khaki cargo shorts an…

Shots were fired into a home on Langfield Drive around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a Buffalo police report. A mother told police an unknown person fired two shots through an open back door at the home, narrowly missing her son. The shots left bullet holes in the kitchen walls.The son left the home without providing any details about the suspects, according to the repo…

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Something odd happened in the 500 block of Main Street in downtown Buffalo on Saturday afternoon: There were lots of people.On weekends, this section of Main, which is still closed to vehicle traffic, usually looks like a ghost town. But the block bounded by Mohawk and Huron Streets was alive with dance music as hundreds gathered for the second annual ChalkFest – an invita…

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An art glass window that used to be part of the Darwin Martin House sold at auction for $80,000 and appears headed for a private collection instead of back to the Jewett Parkway landmark.Several bidders vied for the glass panel on Saturday at Kelly and Ben Schultz’s auction facility in Clarence. The winner’s identity was not disclosed, nor was the seller’s.The geometric-pa…

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The bleachers weren’t filled with rowdy fans and the scoreboard wasn’t lit up, but the approximately 200 kids who flocked to Coca-Cola Field Saturday as part of the Bisons’ seventh annual free youth clinic didn’t appear to mind. “The look on his face was awesome when he walked onto this field,” Kari Hicks said of her 7-year-old son, Mason. The clinic originated as an event…

New travel restrictions – including nighttime closure and detours – will greet Kensington Expressway motorists next week as construction continues on Buffalo’s main commuter artery, according to the state Department of Transportation.Lane and ramp closures are expected daily on eastbound and westbound lanes between downtown and the Scajaquada Expressway, the department sai…

A day after one historical ship ends its visit to Canalside, another, considerably larger vessel will be stopping by Buffalo’s waterfront to let audiences experience firsthand seafaring from a bygone era. The tall ship Empire Sandy – which, at 200 feet in length, dwarfs the canal schooner Lois McClure that recently traveled to Buffalo from Basin Harbor, Vt. – will be in B…

A juvenile was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon while walking on Hennepin Street near Bailey Avenue, Buffalo police said.The victim was approached by two men, one of whom pointed a black handgun at him, authorities said. The victim, who had just cashed a check, handed over $251, according to police.

More than 2,200 Buffalo Schools students want to be transferred out of their current schools, requests that must be honored because their schools are in bad standing with the state.The 2,219 applications represent four to five times the number who have sought transfers from their underperforming schools in each of the last five years. The students seeking transfers this ye…

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There may have been no better demonstration of the power of incumbency than when State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli strode into Niagara Square Friday to endorse Byron W. Brown for a third term as mayor.One of the state’s top Democrats was praising Brown’s tenure in City Hall as reporters scribbled and cameras whirred. And earlier in the week, the incumbent dipped into a …

BuffaloThe Common Council and many of the boards that meet regularly in City Hall are on recess in August, with some exceptions. The only board scheduled to meet this week is the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 209 of City Hall.